Convolvulus is a genus of annual and perennial shrubs from tropical and Mediterranean regions. These easy to grow plants vary from climbers or trailing plants to shrubs and mound forming bushes. Plants and flowers also vary in size and spread. Flowers of Convolvulus plants are trumpet shaped and vary from white and pink to purple and mauve in color. These sun loving plants grow quite easily and survive very well in sandy, chalky and dry soil.
Convolvulus Cneorum, Image by Jessie Hirsch
Convolvulus Cneorum which is commonly known as Silver Bush grows as low growing plant and usually forms a think carpet of evergreen foliage. Because of its capacity to withstand drought and grow in poor soil, Convolvulus Cneorum is a good choice for rock gardens or as ground cover for sandy or poor soil. It is easy to maintain and should be pruned back after flowering.
How to grow Convolvulus Cneorum
Convolvulus Cneorum or Silver Bush grows well in sunny positions where it is protected from frost and long, dry spells of cold. These plants are easily propagated from seeds and require just sufficient water; do not over water.
Convolvulus Cneorum is generally related to the family of Morning Glory. Other popular species include: Convolvulus Mauritanicus, Convolvulus Tricolor and Convolvulus Arvensis.
Morning Glory is one of those charming flowers that inspired me to the hobby of gardening. I so fondly remember a morning glory loaded with purple flowering and covering the entire wall of the backyard of the house where I spent early years of my childhood. Even today, there is nothing more refreshing than colorful morning glory welcoming me every summer morning.
Morning Glory is a common name for a number of species of flowering plants from the Convolvulaceae family: These include Calystegia, Convolvulus, Ipomoea, Merremia and Rivea. The most popular of this family is Ipomoea which is grown widely in most tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. All of these share same growing habits but vary in leaf structure, fruits and flowers. These delicate creepers produce funnel-shaped blooms of white, purple, yellow, red or blue colors. The size of Morning Glory flowers may range between 4 to 8 inches across.
Seeds of some morning glory may have hallucinogenic elements that produce psychedelic effects if taken orally.
Morning Glory is a fast growing, evergreen creeper that offers a variety of colorful and delicate blooms. It is easy to train and can be used to cover walls, arches and fences. It is also one of the easiest and fastest creepers to propagate from seeds. Because of variety of foliage, flowers and leaf structure, Morning Glory can be used as ornamental creeper, hanging plant against windows, or for covering unattractive walls or landscape backgrounds.
Almost all varieties of Morning Glory prefer full sun throughout the day and flower well in warm sunlight. It can withstand cold but does not like long periods of freeze and frost.
Morning Glory can be grown easily from seeds in warm climates. Established plants do not require much attention and can grow well when watered regularly in a well drained soil. Fertilizing once in growing season is usually sufficient. Higher dose of fertilizer (especially nitrogen-rich feed discourages blooms). Because Morning Glory is a tender plant, it should be transplanted carefully.
Morning Glory grows well when grown against a fence, trunk or a wall.
Also known as Moonflower, Ipomoea Alba flowers at night. It is a fast growing variety and produces fragrant flowers.
Commonly known as Sweet Potato or yam (not the actual yam) is grown for food is many parts of the world. It produces red, white or yellow tubers.
This variety forms a woody climber or bush with large leaves and flowers of pale pink color.
Commonly known as Crimson Ipomoea, this variety produces prominent flowers of crimson color.
Commercially grown as Cypress Vine or Cardinal Climber, Ipomoea Lobata grows vigorously and produces small crimson flowers that fade to become orange and then pale yellow.